Writings, poetry, recipies, and creations brought to you by the inspired artist, Elena Huerta.
|Posted by elenahuerta10 on September 4, 2016 at 6:20 PM||comments (0)|
On August 18th I was part of the RAW Artist showcase in Los Angeles, REVEAL!
I've been a RAW Artist since 2013 - you can view my profile HERE
I love watching people peruse my artwork. My favorite question to ask viewers at shows, is "what is your favorite stone?"
I had a pretty awesome group of models helping me with the event. They wore my work throughout the night and had pedestal rotations where the crowd could view the pieces in a more formal setting!
The models did a fantastic job.
It was a successful showcase!
|Posted by elenahuerta10 on August 25, 2016 at 9:30 PM||comments (0)|
A while ago I posted a blog about the step-by-step creation of a custom bracelet made for one of my return customers. At the time I didn't have access to the pictures of her previous custom orders, but promised to share them at a later date. Now I can!
This was her first ever creation that I worked on for her:
This customer found me and had a bracelet she wanted to have custom made. A YouTuber that she followed had one like this made in silver with a clear Quartz crystal focal point and star/moon charms. My customer was envisioning one similar but made with a stone that was more meaningful to her. Aventurine is one of her birthstones and the one that was decided upon for her bracelet. She wanted her to be made with gold materials and also have matching beads within the bracelet itself. This piece I call the "Aventurine Goddess Bracelet"!
For my customer's next order, she envisioned a bracelet similar in style to her last that was a representation of her first anime - inspired love, Sailor Moon! She envisioned this next one made with a bead/bow combination to match each of the Sailor planet goddesses with Sailor Moon being represented by an Angel Aura Quartz point. As we progressed through the order she ended up feeling drawn to an Angel Aura Quartz cluster instead, as can be seen in the final creation!
That's some serious WOW! Right?!
For those of you that aren't familiar with Sailor Moon, or want your memory refreshed, here is a list of the Sailor Moon Goddess colors that corrospond with the bead/bow sets on the bracelet. I also added the crystal bead that was used for your information!
Sailor Mars - red - Red Agate
Sailor Mercury - light blue - Opalite
Sailor Jupiter - green - Aventurine
Sailor Venus - yellow orange - Citrine
Sailor Uranus - dark blue - Blue Chalcedony
Sailor Neptune - teal or aquamarine - Turquoise
Sailor Pluto - black - Black Tourmaline
Sailor Saturn - purple -Amethyst
Sailor Chibi - pink - Rose Quartz
This was definitely one of the most detailed custom orders I've completed. My customer and I were extremely happy with the way that both of these bracelets came out. Since these two I've also completed 3 more custom pieces for her of vastly different designs, two of which were gifts for her parents.
I love that I can bring people's custom order jewelry visions to life!
|Posted by elenahuerta10 on July 9, 2016 at 11:05 PM||comments (0)|
One of the absolute, most empowering phrases that has ever been spoken to me. "You'll know." In times where I've doubted myself and gone to another for advice, this information was by far the most helpful. It told me a couple things:
This person believed in the power of intuition.
This person believed in the power of THEIR intuition.
And this person believed in the power of MY intuition.
How freaking fantastic is that?! To assert to someone how in tune they really are, and how much they actually know whenever they doubt themselves. I'm sure there are professionals out there who can offer useful advice in certain situations, but I personally find that this is best done while maintaining this viewpoint of trusting another person to trust themselves. We, as individuals, only have ourselves around 24/7. Only have our OWN thoughts and feelings around 24/7. We need to be our own best friend, our own highest trust, and be encouraged to do so. I love the thought that we can do this for our loved ones and friends : It's so insanely beautiful!
|Posted by elenahuerta10 on June 23, 2016 at 1:20 AM||comments (0)|
I had an experience today that was rather profound. I found myself questioning what it is that I am doing - what it is that I'm trying to accomplish. Why was I here? Where should I go from here? I had thought I had all these things figured out, but suddenly was feeling like I was doing everything wrong and like I wasn't where I should be. I started thinking about what I might be manifesting in my life, the things I've been focusing on, where my energy had been going. I progressed to start thinking about all the things I *wanted* to keep manifesting in my life. Why did I want these things? What was this yearning that I was feeling and how could I help it come out. It hit me like a freight train - I was reminded that really what I wanted to do here is spread love. I wasn't in the wrong place, I was in exactly the right place; because right where I am is where love is always needed. Compassion, empathy, forgiveness, embracing life - feeling everything around me and trying to have a positive impact.
We all have these moments sometimes, because nothing in our lives necessarily comes out perfect. It takes a lot of work, it takes bringing that yearning in our hearts to fruition. So much so that it's all you can feel is this crazy radiant divinity meant to flow out of yourself and into the world. We all do this differently. The whole reason why I started this website, why I have this blog, is because one of my major outlets is my artwork. Jewelry - I send my pieces off hoping that they bring each and every wearer love and light. I want it to make them feel their inner divinity, to show them how, and express it in whatever way calls to their soul. What an amazing power we have - to inspire others. And the most magical part of the experience, at least to me, is that all we have to do is *want* to inspire them. All we have to do is intend and send those thoughts out into the world with whatever we are doing. This is true alchemy. This is true purpose. This is who we are.
|Posted by elenahuerta10 on June 21, 2016 at 1:30 PM||comments (0)|
Some of the happiest moments in our lives can also breed some of the saddest simultaneously. Internally we have a wisdom; one which knows that life has a constant flow. Nothing remains the same. Not people, not feelings, not the environment, etc. It's just a fact of life that we and everything around us are constantly changing.
Sometimes in the midst of an ecstatically happy moment, we are hit with a sudden with an feeling of sadness that is just as overwhelming. We may not realize at the time, but this is just part of the experience of duality. Just as well, if we are in a moment of extreme sadness, we can be comforted by our inner knowing that the moment is only that and it will not last forever. It's best to embrace these as they come and let them go as we continue moving through the flow of our lives.
In 2013 I was nominated into RAW artists accessory designer of the year category for the organization. It was one of the most exhilerating moments in my career as an artist. At the same though, it was also the most frightening. With this event came a whole host of responsibility and hope - it was something I really wanted and while I was excited I also experienced boughts of disbelief and sadness. I wondered if I really deserved the title, what would happen if I didnt get it, what would happen if I did. I remember taking my daily walks around the neighborhood and through the forestry of the area, submersed in all these emotions and vowing that no matter what happened I would just keep going. I didn't want the emotions to waver me from staying on my path - because all of them were only temporary.
As it turned out I had an amazing time at the event and gained a lot of exposure, but another woman won the title for Portland and continued to the next round. I was happy for her however - my business was thriving and was just happy to have the experience really. I felt that she rightly won and needed to. Her work was gorgeous as well - handmade fae steampunk style leather accessories and clothing.
Just remember when you have those moments of feeling like life is just a complete mess - it kind of is. But that's just life. Things are always happening, changing, flowing; and it's not about *if* life goes on, but *when* and how we decide to handle it.
|Posted by elenahuerta10 on June 9, 2016 at 2:05 PM||comments (0)|
I am an avid Facebooker. I use the social platform to stay connected to various family/friends, to share inspiring and activist posts, and as a tool to spread information. The other day I made a very personal post about something in my experience. There were offenses taken, support given; a lot of emotion followed in the thread. I had made the post and left it for a couple hours. By the time I came back to it, the whole thing had taken on a life of it's own. That was the most impacting moment for me initially, when I realized that what I had put out there had caused it's own little corner of shared experience to form.
I was up late last night, thinking about how love is kind of this way. We make it, express it, and let it go. In a way it does take on a life of it's own. Out there in the ethers are the vibrations of every love we have taken part it. It has it's own life; the life that could have been, would have been, maybe already is being. There is an ebb and flow that we can tune into. Where we are not just acting out of our own desires, but out of the aura of what a love is. I'm sure this isn't limited to any kind of romanitic relationships, but rather our relationships with each individual person.
Sometimes we tell people things, and have no idea why. We just feel an urge; and maybe it's something they really needed to hear at this time. When this happens I feel like it is the connection between that is being tuned into - urging the one person to come forwards with seemingly unrelated information, and the other to acknowledge it if they wish.
Life provides us this beautiful dance of spirit. A chance to explore the gridwork of itself on many more levels than what are just seen with the naked eyes. There seems to be a "flow" to it all though. One with which we can tune in and out of. I feel like a lot of people (myself included) look back on some of the things they've been through and think "If I had just done X then Y would have happened." But sometimes, in the moment, even though taking certain actions down a path are absolutely dreadful - it can be seen in a larger picture how these occurances could have been useful in one's life.
We tend to look at life as a destination sometimes. "I am going to do this, this and this so that I can accomplish this one larger goal later on." While internally we set these goals, and they are very healthy, it's also important to remember that they actual *journey* lasts much longer than that sudden feeling of accomplishment. May we choose to enjoy it for what it is instead of getting so caught up in the goals. When we tune into the moment and trust in power greater than ourselves, one which helps us to imagine how to live and what actions to take, we might even make different choices toward the same goal we have. Herein lies the magic, the laughs, the love, the joy, the learning - to be able to let go of the goal and be in the moment. Here is where we are making the waves, here is where we are manifesting: This moment.
|Posted by elenahuerta10 on June 1, 2016 at 8:40 PM||comments (0)|
Projection is an important thing to understand in relationships. It explains the jump between : this is what "so and so" is thinking, and what "so and so" is actually thinking. It's a method of imposing our own reasonings and judgements upon another person, by assuming that they act the same way that we do for the same reasons. Because we are all individuals, it is important to understand that this is not necessarily how things are. One individual may turn off the lights inside to save energy, while another may turn them off in order to sleep better. At first glance this action may seem simple, and one would hardly have a reason to question it. This individual action does demonstrate how two different people can have two different motives while performing the same action.
We all tend to project, because we all have our own world of reasons and habits. They don't have to leak so much into our relationships, however, if we are conscious and pay attention through self awareness. When we turn inward and listen to our intuitions above our egoic self, we can see and understand the real reasons behind a person's actions rather than how we want the reasoning to be. There's also the beauty of communication. If we don't understand someone, and want to, it's important to be able to openly ask honest questions. We won't always understand, especially if our heads get clouded by emotion or judgement. In the act of asking someone questions about their motives, we also have the potential to strengthen our relationship and trust with them. In my own relationships I have found trust to be of the highest importance.
I hope this brief explanation is helpful to those out there who are curious about projection. Please feel free to leave comments and questions below!
|Posted by elenahuerta10 on May 30, 2016 at 12:45 AM||comments (0)|
There's something profound about looking at the ocean, and realizing how small I am in this universe. And at the same time knowing how big of an impact I have the potential to make in my immediate world and the ones of those around me.
I never want to dull myself down to fit the expectations of someone else - how does diminishing my own light help others shine? It doesn't. By example, when I choose to shine I give others the experience to do the same thing. There is no way to live my purpose, or purposes, without letting myself fall into who I actually am. And I hope in the times when the world weighs heavy, the times when I am overcome by emotion, I always remember that no shine has my exact aura and brightness because we are all unique in our corners of the universe.
Conforming a passion to society or outside source is nearly detrimental to my creativity, because in the process I move away from that feeling that fueled my passion in the first place. The focus shifts from something in my soul to a game, from trust to force. And really, how much control do I have over the world as a whole? I feel this is one of the biggest battles I've faced as I pursue my artistic passion - realizing that I need to trust my inclination to create these parts of myself to release to the world in order to stay sane. Because there can, has, and will come times when I am on the verge of giving up, and it takes all I have and some of what I never imagined that I did to give up and let go for a while. I tap into a space in my heart that I didn't know existed in these times, or have forgotten about in the midst of time. I believe that I imagine for a reason; I don't always trust that belief, but at my very core I do feel these visions are not an accident nor out of my reach of manifestation.
|Posted by elenahuerta10 on May 27, 2016 at 7:25 PM||comments (0)|
I have this friend... and she inspired me to write this out of my love for her.
It's okay to be sad, to be angry, to be frustrated.
It's okay to take a break.
It's okay to experience the down times, just as much as the happy.
It's okay to express what you are feeling, and I love you for it.
It's okay to allow yourself to be human, and I love you even more.
It's okay to accept yourself as you are, and also have goals for the future.
It's okay to let go, to breathe, to enjoy the sound of the cool wind or sudden rain. Or to miss it when those things aren't there.
It's okay to enjoy both solitude and the company of others.
You can have BOTH.
You can have IT ALL.
Because you are a human being.
Your experience potential is infinite.
You are here because in the strokes of the moon and stars,
It was decided that you would manifest from the elements.
You are the epitome of creation.
You are the epitome of magic.
You are here.
Everything is okay while you are here.
It's okay to be okay, to not be okay, and be everything in between.
|Posted by elenahuerta10 on May 26, 2016 at 4:15 PM||comments (0)|
Many people have heard of Tantra.
Here is a modern definition according to Urbandictionary.com:
Tantra is not well understood in the western world, but is a key to healthy living and awareness that can transform you into the person you were meant to be.
The Sanskrit word Tantra is related to the concept of weaving and expansion- it derives from 'tan', meaning to expand, spin out, and weave. We weave the strands of our nature into a unified whole. Tantra takes the approach that one should not only not reject the body and its desires, but actually embrace them on the road to enlightenment. Tantra shares the view that sexual intercourse can be a sacrament and a means of spiritual transformation. Tantra is the transformation of vital energy in all its permutations ultimately toward the goal of spiritual attundement and enlightenment. In this context sexual relations become sacred.
This is a fairly good description of Tantra! But, as most of the time is true, it focuses on sex as being the route to a tantric experience.
Truthfully, tantric sex is not the only avenue of expression. Tantra is in fact, more of a lifestyle than an activity. In practices such as Buddhism or Hinduism, tantra is the practice of incorporating docterines in everyday life. Outside of these spiritual identities tantra is a practice of being present in the moment, and enjoying all that it has to offer. It is a practice of connecting and unifying with the world around you.
A tantric lifestyle is one of passion, vulnerability, strength, attention; it is a practice of living in the present and taking the time to intentionally enjoy common practices such as eating, drinking, bathing, walking, being, etc. A lot of these activites (pretty much all of them) can be done rather mindlessly if an intention to be present isn't set. In this way, living tantrically is like a living meditation. Allowing all of the bodily feelings, sensations, energy that is around to be recognized and taken in.
One does not need to practice tantra all day, every day to enjoy the peace-bringing benefits it can bring. Taking some time each day to be in silence with yourself, or do an activity in silence with the intention to take it in fully is one way of experiencing what tantra can bring to your life. Simple things such as eating a meal, cooking a meal, a daily stroll, listening to the sounds all around you, can become a pathway to greater acceptance, peace, and humility in the present moment. And while practicing this lifestyle, one may find themselves with an overall greater aura of peace.
Please feel free to comment below, and let me know what other topics you are interested in knowing more about or if you have any questions!